For the very first Friday Finds column, I decided to go with the clear album. Thanks, Melissa for her challenge! I, too, have been distantly intrigued by them. I’ve seen as they have become all the rage, but I was skeptical and hadn’t tried one yet. But, when someone suggested it for today, I decided to really challenge myself and go with it. I have never purchased a clear album and have no LSS at which to get one on such short notice, so here’s what I did:
I used clear packaging. A lot of albums and kits come with this kind of acetate-like clear packaging. As you can see, this is the top covering for a 3-pack of Provo-Craft Albums. I know that some of the kits/sets at JoAnns, including some of the KI Memories kits come with packaging like this:My first step was to cut it down to 2×4 inch pieces, which would be my album pages. Here are my blank pages:
After I had my pages ready, I painted them with acrylic paint, right in the center. I did this so that there would be a little more substance to the pages. I think a completely clear album can be too busy since you can see all the pages through to the cover. The paint in the center of my pages prevents that from happening and, in my opinion, makes the album look a bit neater, while still maintaining the clear/ transparent quality of the album.
After allowing the paint to dry, I decorated the album. I made mine a spring-colored Easter album for my son’s first Easter. It was the perfect size to capture the event and the clear album was perfect to showcase all the fun spring colors.
After I had decorated the album, I punched a hole in each page and inserted the metal ring.
Remember, leave me your comments with items/techniques that you would like to see in next week’s Friday Finds column! Each Friday, I will choose one product to make a layout or project with. Hopefully, it might even trigger your own creative thinking and allow you to use your supplies more. And, if there are at least 5 entries per week, I will send a small RAK prize to the person whose item I chose for that week’s Friday Find. The initial entry explaining this is Here.